Welcome to Maharees

View from Spillanes Bar on the Maharees. ©Tim Smith www.timsmithvisuals.com View of Brandon Bay, Maharbeg. ©Tim Smith www.timsmithvisuals.com Maharbeg. ©Tim Smith www.timsmithvisuals.com

On the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula, halfway between Tralee and Dingle is Castlegregory (Caisléan Ghriaire) and the Maharees (Na Machairí). Maharees (Na Machairí) is a 3 mile long sandy spit. Fenit Harbour, the main port of County Kerry is sheltered from large Atlantic swells by the Maharees. To the north of the Maharees lie the Magharee Islands or Seven Hogs.The largest is Oileán tSeannaig and it contains remnants of an early Christian monastic settlement  founded by St. Senan in the 7th century. There are a large number of Early Christian remains such as the Kilshannig Cross out in the Maharees, however the area is probably best known for its beautiful walks and countless lakes. The peninsula is a sandy spit for much of its length with sand dunes giving way to earth and rocky ground towards the northern end. The sand dunes create a unique ecosystem, home to the rare Natterjack toad found locally in significant numbers. Lough Gill is a major breeding ground for the toad. Whooper Swans and the Bewick’s mute swans are also here.Lengthy beaches are found on both sides of the peninsula, which separates Brandon Bay on the west side from Tralee Bay to the east. The Brandon Bay beaches are open to the North Atlantic and often receive long rolling swells which can provide excellent surf given suitable wind and tide conditions.The peninsula is dotted with campgrounds and caravan parks and contains three hamlets Fahamore, Kilshannig and Candiha have popular restaurants. The Maharees are known world wide among surfers with its large  Atlantic swells and the wonderful sandy beaches. World Championships have been held here.




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